Wednesday, 16 March 2011

My new favourite blog - The Book Lantern

I very rarely do this so know that I mean it.  Last week I came across The Book Lantern blog which only started last month.  In the interest of full disclosure, I stumbled across it as they'd listed Persnickety Snark in their blog roll (yes, I have Google alerts).

Out of narcissistic interest I followed the link over.

Two minutes later I was already entering their html address into my Google Reader.


I am partial to discussion posts.  They are the element of Persnickety Snark that I loved writing the most.  They are apparently the one element of Persnickety Snark that you enjoyed reading (recommending and linking) the most.  (I have statistical evidence of this, I am not trying to be a cretin).   I am not a blogger who typically reads many reviews, I am much more engaged by what people are saying about the genre, the topics and the news.

So The Book Lantern was like a dream come true.  Well written, clearly argued positions on various elements of youth literature.  I might be in whole hearted agreement, or shut down / arms crossed denial, but I respect their ability to discuss different topics in an intelligent and supported way.  They tend to reference a whole gamut of titles when discussing topics, no matter the author.  Yes, there is a bent towards referencing paranormal titles but that's YA as a whole.

Four contributors write for the blog and as a result it's updated regularly with quality posts.  There isn't anything whiz-bang, gee whiz about The Book Lantern it is just purely well crafted, knowledgable and smart reflections on YA.  Something that we can always have more of.

Brava, The Book Lantern!


Vinaya said...

On behalf of the other Lanterns, I thank you! I've been doing a happy dance since I saw this post! We're SO glad you like our blog, we love yours too; it's quite a mutual admiration society out here! :) Cheers.

thatcovergirl said...

Woot, new blog to add to Google Reader. ;)

A Backwards Story said...

I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the rec!